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Anti-Tracking Tools Round Up

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Written by Gregg Housh

This is our first Anti-Tracking Tools Round Up. We will periodically post new round ups as new tools become available and old ones become obsolete.

Privacy Badger

This tool is great because it’s algorithmic and doesn’t rely heavily on lists of domains to block. The tool only blocks something when it sees bad behavior. Privacy Badger currently only supports Chrome and Firefox. They plan on supporting Safari and Opera, but we have no idea when. Privacy Badger is a project of the non-profit EFF.

Ghostery

Ghostery blocks trackers and domains to protect your privacy online, relying primarily on lists of “bad domains.” Like Privacy Badger it supports Firefox and Chrome, but it also works on Safari and Opera. Ghostery is a for-profit company that sells information about what data collection technology users see, and where they see them. Data is only collected from users who opt-in.

Disconnect

Disconnect offers users the ability to hide their search data in addition to blocking ad tracking. For people who want a bit more they have a premium version at $5/mo that includes a VPN and a little more protection. If you have the $5/mo to spare it’s an inexpensive way to get a lot of features all in one tool.

NoScript, ScriptBlock, JS Blocker

Stopping unwanted javascript on a webpage kills a lot of tracking and other nonsense without the need for “bad behavior” algorithms or blacklisting domains. Unfortunately, there’s no one product that works on most browsers. NoScript only works on Firefox and other Mozilla based browsers, ScriptBlock on Chrome, and JS Blocker on Safari.

uBlock Origin

This is my favorite ad blocker and general purpose blocker. It has a default-deny mode which blocks all 3rd-party network requests by default. That can be useful when visiting sites you don’t trust. It has always seemed to be a lot faster and easier on my CPU and RAM than other ad-blockers. It is built for Chrome and Firefox by default, but there is also a branch developed for Safari here.

About the author

Gregg Housh

I have been an activist for the last decade. Everything from helping to propel Anonymous into activism, to being at Occupy Wall Street on day one. Most of my time is spent running New Revolutionary. When I am not doing that I'm usually working on activism projects or being interviewed by the media to help them understand hackers, hacktivists and hacking culture. Most notably with House of Cards.

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